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by Mark Trueno

Twenty-two years ago, Ken Imhoff laid his eyes on the Lamborghini Countach in the Cannonball Run on TV. Little did he know that seventeen years later he would have his own his Lamborghini Countach.

Some people are lucky enough to be able to buy their dream car. Others have to save up.

However, as with many people, this Lambo enthusiast would soon discover that acquiring such a car would take a little bit more money than he had on tap, so for this engineer, he got to work, building one for himself, and we aren’t just talking about some fiberglass mock-up either – this was a fully-fledged bare-metal recreation!

Over the course of seventeen years, Ken handcrafted the Lamborghini Countach from scratch in his basement.

Literally each and every part of this machine is pretty much custom-made. From the frame to the body panels and everything in between, this thing really took a lot of time, dedication, and a heaping helping of skill to put together.

There aren’t too many people that would be able to accomplish all of the different fabrication techniques and processes that were necessary to bring together all the different aspects of this Lamborghini. However, when it was finished, this replica ended up looking just about as good as the real thing

A LITTLE HISTORY ON THE CAR

100% hand crafted Countach out of aluminium and a space tube frame. All aluminium body formed on a wooden buck using an English wheel. My own design space frame with Corvette hubs and custom A-arms. Mated to a ZF-25 5 speed. S.S. 180 degree headers GT40 design “bundle of snakes” Boss 351 bored stroked to 377 515hp 48 IDA Webbers. One off TransAm BBS rim shells to my own centre section wheels.

Custom brake package to fit 16″ wheels. Fuel cell, twin aluminium sprint car (Howe) radiators. All aluminium interior with leather dash, Momo seats and 5 point harness, on board halon fire bottle. quick release steering wheel. Low to the ground at 2700 lbs. 100% body correct by using a real Countach to measure from. Over 10 years in the making.

After the build was complete, there was just one more challenge ahead. How do you get a full size car out of you basement. Care to guess how they managed that?






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